2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The Hip Quality of Marvel Comics: An Investigation into the Communications Between the Youth Culture and Stan Lee from 1967 to 1969
Jeremy M. Bone
Dr. Mark Smith, Faculty Mentor

Marvel Comics, under the guidance of Stan Lee, became exceptionally popular across college campuses in the turbulent 1960s. An alienated youth market flocked to vendors demanding the newest tales from Marvel during the Silver Age of Comics. Although Lee is credited with introducing a greater sense of realism in super hero storytelling, this critical study will closely examine Lee's use of slang and playful language outside the comic book panels. Literary theory of close reading will be applied to better understand how Lee's promotional pages and fan mail responses contributed to potentially deeper connections and ownership by readers in The Amazing Spider-Man. This study will focus on 24 issues published from 1967 to 1969. These years reflect not only youth in search of messengers to connect with but also because the language utilized between Lee and the fandom was deeply entrenched into Marvel publications in those years.

Keywords: Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, The Amazing Spider-Man, Youth culture , The 1960s


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 311-3
Location: VH 1324
Time: 1:30

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